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So much culture is around every corner in Miami that you don’t want to miss out on anything. Miami is definitely known for being expensive, but you can also find a lot of free things and festivals to be part of which celebrate all of the culture offered in the city.
Top 25 FREE Things To Do In Miami
1. Jazz at MOCA
On the last Friday of every month, the Museum of Contemporary Art has a free Jazz night at 8 pm. If you want to check out the museum while you’re there, the galleries are open by donations from 7-10 pm.
Celebrate Haitian culture and its influence on the community every third Thursday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Eat, shop and listen during this Free outdoor concert series.
Kids 12 and under can get Free admission to Go Go Moad On The Road Art Program. The Moad programs are designed to teach, connect and open communication in the community.
Enjoy movies at the SoundScape ExoStage every Wednesday at 8pm. They show movies like Lord of The Ring, Despicable me, Man of Steel and more. Check the schedule before you go or get updates texted to you.
Friday Nights of Rhythm Masterclass Series is held at the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts. If someone in your group is interested in percussion, they can participate in the jam session from 7-9pm and try out hand drums, drum sets and more.
Bring your own bike and tour the murals in Wynwood on Sundays at 11am. It’s a 90-minute bike tour led by a local artist, Ryan the Wheelbarrow. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who loves art (especially local art) to get a different perspective of Miami.
Grab a bike (or simply walk) and take an adventure down Old Cutler Trail. The trail is 11 miles and takes you through some of the most beautiful Miami neighborhoods.
Admission to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is always free. Learn how to improve your garden no matter what type of garden you have! They go over tips for balcony/terrace gardeners and even tips for folks with waterfront gardens that get hit with wind and salt. The seminars are free and the workshops have fees (but may be worth it). Check back to see the schedule.
The Wolfsonian–Florida International University is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design. The collections comprise approximately 120,000 objects from the period of 1885 to 1945—the height of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War. Admission is free every Friday from 6-9 pm.
Admission is free on the first Saturday of the month 11am to 4pm. The museum features 30 historic trains and some interactive displays. I’ve never met a kid who isn’t fascinated by trains (especially the kind that you don’t see every day). Bring your wallet if you want to pay for a train ride while you’re there.
11. South Beach
Nothing is more “Miami” than South Beach. It’s the image we’ve all seen in movies and on television and I don’t think you would forgive yourself if you didn’t at least drive through to say you’ve been. If anything, grab a seat and do some people-watching because you can find all walks of life. Walk around for a few blocks and take in all of the beautiful art deco buildings that make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.
12. Walk the Beach
If you want to stroll the park without getting your feet sandy (or without pushing a stroller through the sand) you can find a raised boardwalk from Collins Avenue & 21st-46th st.
13. Miami Art Museum
Head to the Perez Art Museum Miami for free admission every second Saturday or you can also get free admission if you’re a K-12 Florida educator with a valid ID. It’s a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The architecture of this building alone is beautiful, so I imagine the exhibits are unreal.
The Metromover is a free driverless sky train that connects a number of hotels. Not only hotels, but you can stop at the Freedom Tower, the Miami Art Museum and more. Not only is it a fun and free mode of transportation, but it’s a different way to see the city.
Walk through aisles and aisles of fresh produce, peruse through the indoor/outdoor flea market and listen to live entertainment all in a day at Redland Market Village. Plus, there is a special Kid Zone area for families. Admission is Free and parking is Free. If you stay long enough, grab a bite from one of the 22 international food trucks.
Take about an hour out of your day on Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 to hear about the Biltmore Hotel’s history and see their beautiful grounds. When it’s available, you’ll be able to see the Everglades Suite which has been host to dignitaries.
A more somber visit in Miami, but a must-see. In 1984 a group of Holocaust survivors got together and decided Miami was the perfect place to create a memorial as it is home to the highest number of Holocaust survivors in the US. If you’re taking a group, you can request a Holocaust survivor to speak with the group which will make the trip even more enriching.
Pack your yoga mat and head to the free yoga class at Bayfront Park every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. All classes are taught by a certified yoga teacher. I’d say this is another great way to get your exercise in while you’re on vacation!
If you’re into Art Deco architecture and the culture of Miami, take this self-guided walking tour. It has a map of all of the notable hotels and restaurants along the way. The best part is that you can go at your own pace and linger at the areas you enjoy more. Bring your smartphone along and Google your favorite spots to learn a little more.
A hidden gem at the north end of Crandon Park. Enjoy 3.5 miles of paved and dirt trails for hiking, biking or taking a nice stroll along the coastline and into the marshes. Parking is $5 on weekdays and $7 on weekends.
Beautiful views! Bring your snorkeling gear along to see lovely views of coral reef. Even if you stay at the shore, you may catch a glimpse of some wildlife. You can get into the park for free, but there is a fee if you want to boat or camp overnight.
Ponies, goats and cows aren’t really what you expect from Miami. It’s a bit north, but worth the drive. The purpose of the Bill Graham Farm Park is to provide urbanized children to learn about the county’s agricultural past. You can find fishing, a sugar cane press, horseshoeing, cow milking and more! Bring your dogs and your bikes as it’s complete with a dog park and has one of South Florida’s top-ranked mountain biking trails. It’s free during the week, but you may need to pay $6 parking.
23. Greynolds Park
This is actually an old rock quarry. Rock pits were filled with water, old machinery was covered, and coral from the site was used in the revitalization of the area. The highest point in South Florida can be found in this park and it’s also man-made to cover the remnants of the old quarry. Admission is free during the week, but parking is $7.
This park is only free for children under 6, age 6-11 is $3 and adults are $10. While it’s only free for some, I think it’s a really cool stop. The Fruit and Spice Park has a rich history (it used to be home to a Red Cross facility and a candy shop). Who doesn’t love fruit – especially in Florida! You can find over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices and nuts to enjoy.
25. Kid-Friendly Beach
I don’t want you to find out the hard way that not all Miami beaches are family friendly. South beach can be a party place, but check out the beach from 30th-16th streets for a quieter, more family-oriented vibe.
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